The FBI asks for the public’s help in identifying an English-speaking terrorist who appeared to help execute Syrian soldiers in an ISIS recruitment video released last month. (Did you ask CAIR?)
CNN In the 55-minute video titled “Flames of War,” the jihadist switches from classical Arabic to perfect English with a North American accent, and appears to orchestrate a mass execution of Syrian soldiers. The FBI reached out to the public on its website Tuesday, posting a portion of the video and asking whether anyone has information about the jihadist’s identity.
“We’re hoping that someone might recognize this individual and provide us with key pieces of information,” Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, said Tuesday. U.S. intelligence officials have been trying to analyze the recruitment featuring the English-speaking jihadist. Officials see the killer’s appearance in the video as significant because he comes across, they say, as articulate and persuasive, a person of influence within the terror group.
In the video, there are a number of men digging a ditch behind him. The jihadist, whose face is covered except for his eyes, claims they are Syrian soldiers assigned to a 17th Division military base near the Syrian city of Raqqa, and who, after an ISIS attack, were “digging their own graves in the very place where they were stationed.” The video then shows the speaker and a group of militants executing the men, who fall into the ditch.
The man who led this atrocity on film could be an Arab who was educated in the West. Or he could be an American or Canadian. If so, CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said, he would be the first North American jihadist to commit a war crime on camera.
On Sunday, FBI Director James Comey told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that his agency is tracking a dozen Americans that have joined terrorist groups inside Syria. (Only a dozen?)
CNN obtained tapes of American terrorists recruiting friends in the United States to join terror groups like ISIS. ISIS has successfully recruited large numbers of foreign fighters from across the globe, including from the United States and Western Europe. A CIA source told CNN last month that more than 15,000 foreign fighters, including 2,000 Westerners, had gone to the civil war in Syria. It was not immediately clear how many had joined ISIS and how many were with other groups opposed to the Syrian government.
If you have any information concerning this person, please contact the FBI’s Toll Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Tips may also be sent to www.fbi.gov/ISILtips.